Search for Simurgh NYC
Sept. 23-24, 2022. Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium & Lobby. NYC Bahá'í Center. 53 E 11th St., New York, NY 10003
Originating vision, story inspiration & bark photography: Roya Movafegh
Creator, director, choreographer, co-writer*, sound & slideshow designer/editor: Kate Digby
Dance photography & photo blending of dance and bark photos: Neoshia Shockley
Music: Arvo Part, Parisa Sabet, Luke Slott
Additional co-choreography (dance solo): M. Aleijuan King
Production Stage Manager: Bea Martino
Performers: M. Aleijuan King, Bea Martino, North of Division X, Maya Orchin, Marissa Truitt,
Voiceover guide: Bahiyyih Grover
Light Board Operator: Bruce Grover
Sound & Projector Operator, House Technician: Velimir Jordan
* Erika Batdorf was lead writer, co-creator, co-director, and co-dramaturg of the 2019 iteration of Search for Simurgh. Although not directly involved in the creation of this iteration, some of her creative product is inextricably interwoven and has been used and adapted with permission.
For artist bios please click HERE
Deepest thanks to Hooshmand Sheshbaradaran and family for sharing Roya’s photography and offering enthusiastic encouragement along the way. To Erika Batdorf, Muni Tahzib, Myriam Rafla, and Carl Murrell for their early and ongoing support of this project (and me). To all past collaborators and performers including Erika Batdorf, Tanya Birl-Torres, Anahita Dehbonehie, Sylvia Defend, Tosha Doiron, Filiz Eryilmaz, Kate Gordon, Bahiyyih Grover, Asha James, Mark-David Hosale, Alan Macy, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Hrysovalanti Maheras, Gülce Oral, Jazmin Royg, Parisa Sabet, and Lua Shayenne, thank you.
To the interviewees who generously shared their stories, I think I fell more in love with each one of you each of the 10,000 times I listened to the interviews while editing. To Bea Martino, Production Stage Manager and art doula extraordinaire, for stepping in at just the right moment and ensuring we made it to opening night. To the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of New York City, and the Bahá'í Center staff, especially Diane Pratt, Sepideh Behzadpour, Dan Jordan, Tatiana Azad Jordan, and Velimir Tchatchevsky, - thank you for your tremendous support and patience. To Bruce, Bahiyyih, and Olinga Grover for putting their own needs aside to support me in honoring our sweet friend and Auntie. And to this beautiful group of performers for being willing to dive into the chaos with me.